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Dog Tags

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City of Charlottesville Code Section 3.2-65 requires that all dogs in the city that are 4 months old and older wear a current dog license. To purchase a tag, the dog owner must present a valid rabies vaccination certificate for the dog along with a completed dog license application. Dogs found on city streets without a valid tag are taken by Animal Control to a shelter where they remain until the owner pays for the vaccination and obtains the proper tag.

Dog tags may be purchased by mail, in the lobby of City Hall, or at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. If the dog's rabies vaccination expires before the new license year begins, a copy of a current vaccination certificate must be submitted with the renewal form.

Lifetime Dog License Flyer



As per City of Charlottesville Code Section 3.2-65,the cost of the Lifetime dog license is $10.


Why do I need a dog license?

According to state code section 3.2-65, all dogs older than 4 months of age are required to have a current rabies vaccination, and purchase a dog license from the locality in which they live. The General Assembly made this decision to help prevent the spread of rabies in Virginia.

What happens once my dog receives a vaccination?

Whenever a vaccination occurs, the veterinarian is required to submit that documentation to your local Treasurer’s Office. If a dog license is not purchased within 90 days, our office will automatically send you a dog license application with instructions on how to purchase a license.

What if my dog’s rabies certificate is expired?

If your rabies certificate is expired, you will not have the option to purchase a renewal license for your dog. Please vaccinate your dog as soon as possible and then contact the Treasurer’s Office for assistance.

Where can I purchase a dog license?

Dog Licenses may be purchased from the City Treasurer’s Office and the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.